Friday, March 03, 2006

In Like A Lamb?

According to a weather proverb, March is supposed to come in like a lamb and go out like a lion. Or is it the other way around? Either way, March is a month with many weather surprises as the atmosphere balances the cold air dropping out of the arctic and the warm air trying to rise up from the Tropics. These collisions can lead to strong storms and even big snow storms (anyone remember the Storm Of The Century in 1993?). According to the Climate Prediction Center, March should be a fairly seasonable month as far as temperatures go, but we could see slightly more rain than normal. So what is normal? Well, our average low temperature in March is 42 and our average high is 64. March is, on average, our wettest month averaging 5.77 inches of rain. If you want another take on this long range forecast, check out what the Farmer's Almanac has to say:

March 2006:
1st-3rd. Generally fair.
4th-7th. Clear and warmer.
8th-11th. Fair and pleasantly mild.
12th-15th. Stormy over the Mississippi Valley. Increasing clouds farther east, with warm temperatures.
16th-19th. Squally Gulf Coast north into Tennessee River Valley. The Carolinas, Georgia and Florida remain dry.
20th-23rd. Clearing for the Mississippi Valley. Showers farther east.
24th-27th. Fair returns. Windy for the Gulf States.
28th-31st. Showers, then fair.

Oh well, at least this weekend will be dry for a change. It's only the second time in 2006 that we'll have a weekend without rain. Enjoy!

Gene Norman

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